“Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.”
Those are words from the great Henry Ford that came in 1909 shortly after he decided the Ford Motor Company would only produce the Model T, which was sold from 1908-1927 and became the most popular vehicle of the time with over 15 million units purchased.
No one can come to a conclusion if Joey Logano and Mr. Ford would have agreed on every issue that faced the Ford Motor Company during its formative years however, they would have certainly been on the same page with that particular statement.
All one needs to do is look at some of the cars Logano has accumulated in recent years to realize he has a love affair with the color.
“Everything I own is black. I like black,” said Logano, who counts a 1924 Model T and 2017 Ford GT among the personal favorites in his growing collection. “I guess I fell in love when I bought the Ford GT with the heritage scheme on it, the matte black exterior, silver stripe and the number on the door. I kind of fell in love with that.”
Logano even went so far as to put the two Ford icons nose-to-nose in his driveway a couple of weeks ago as a way of showing to himself that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
“Driving them is obviously different, and so is the way they’re built with the technology and the geometry of looking at it, but you still have four tires and there’s still air in those tires,” reasoned Logano, who counts the F-350 Tremor as his preferred daily driver. “Yeah, your suspension pieces are all different, but it still has a steering wheel, it’s still got a motor. There’s just a lot of similarities that are still being used today even though the cars couldn’t be more different.”
To illustrate that point, he took wife Brittany and two-year-old son Hudson for a drive through their neighborhood, starting first with what Hudson calls the “T-ride”.
“We drive the Model T around like it’s a golf cart. It puts a smile on everyone’s face and we love it,” said Logano, who gave the Godfather of Ford Performance, Edsel B. Ford II, a ride in it through the streets of Concord, NC, a few years ago. “And then after that I was cleaning my GT and I was like, ‘I’ll take this around the neighborhood real quick’ and it was like, ‘Whoa. Different worlds.’ But it was fun and it’s cool.